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Knicks Roar into Second Season
Melo, Martin, Kidd all contribute
NEW YORK – This season’s NBA scoring champ and MVP candidate, Carmelo Anthony went into this year’s Playoffs with a chip on his shoulder. No, Melo isn’t a vicious or boisterous person by no stretch but he is confident. But, who can blame him. His finished the season with flurry that he would garner the Eastern Conference Player of the Month. He by the way achieved such an award last season in the same month as well. The Playoffs however didn’t go as well as the eighth-seeded New York Knicks went up against the eventual champion, Miami Heat.
The Knicks as a whole pretty much enjoyed stellar success. J.R. Smith will probably win Sixth Man of the Year. Chris Copeland, this year’s Jeremy Lin won Rookie of the Month for April with his 15 points per game average. Coach Mike Woodson won NBA Coach of the Month for April. And Coach Woodson is a candidate for Coach of the Year honors as well. The Knicks are hoping that April spills over into June.
They got off to a good start with an 85-78 win over the Boston Celtics behind 36 points by Melo. It was the organizations first Game 1 win since the 2000 series. Of course it was a much different team. But this is only the second Playoff win by a Knicks team since 2004. They have been swept in two Playoff series and only had one win against the Heat last year.
This team however expects and looks forward to winning. They welcome the pressure and the challenge. Could this be the year? Well if you ask anyone from the Coach Woodson to their 15th man, they have a belief. Not only do they have a belief, they have a gross hunger that’s keeping them focused but loose.
They have a good mix of young players in their prime and wily veterans that have been there and saw that before. That makes a huge difference in today’s game especially. Celtic coach, Doc Rivers said of Jason Kidd, “he just beats you with his brain.” Doc was alluding to Kidd not being as sleek on his feet as in times past, but still able to get to where he wants to go with smarts and know-how. In the end, there’s a place for old-heads in this version of the NBA.
As Amare Stoudemire once said, the New York Knicks are back!” And with the Brooklyn Nets handling their opening Game One business against the Chicago Bulls, New York basketball is back.
Jerald L. Hoover